IGOR SHIROKOV was born 1949 in Novosibirsk, West Siberia.
Ever since he played at that very first international USSR Jazz Festival, in Tallinn 1967, he has been one of the most requested big band soloists, and a frequent guest at all major festivals, in the country.
At the age of twenty he was considered one of the best jazz trumpet players in the former Soviet Union. But it was not until in 1991 - six years after the Perestroika - that he finally was allowed to leave the USSR, though he had already been invited out several times before.
Since 1992 he is living in Germany creating new, different formations and successfully making his western career.
This "newcomer" - to us in the West, that is - has, during a career with 30 years of professional musicianship, created an original and clear sound built on a very personal style of his own, sometimes showing his great love of Miles Davis from his sixties period. Other trumpet players as Clifford Brown, Art Farmer and Freddie Hubbard also plays an important part in Shirokov..s still very individual approach.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."